As a high school junior, I am involved with outreach activities and leadership programs that help the community, but when I heard about the pilot UNICEF Global Citizen Leadership Program, it sounded different. I always thought of UNICEF as a great organization that helps kids in need around the world. Early this summer in a SAT prep program, Ms. Salisberry, my college advisor, suggested I apply to the Global Citizen Leadership Program—and I was happy to find out I was accepted.
NEW YORK (August 26, 2014) – This August UNICEF shipped 1,000 metric tons of life-saving supplies for children caught in the world’s most urgent crises—the largest emergency supply operation in the organization’s history in a single month. The amount delivered would fill 19 cargo jumbo jets.
1. Aug. 24 was the first day of school, but most children can’t go back.
"Children are bearing the brunt of a conflict that is not of their making. The fighting is inflicting terrible suffering on children and having a devastating impact on the infrastructure upon which they rely for their health, education, protection and wellbeing.
"UNICEF once again calls on all parties to the conflict to protect civilians, especially children, as required by international law and to recommit to a ceasefire so that no further lives are lost and humanitarian agencies can expand their essential work in Gaza."
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NEW YORK (August 20, 2014) – Testimonies gathered from civilians who fled the recent offensive by armed groups in the Sinjar district of northwestern Iraq have revealed appalling accounts of killing, abduction and sexual violence perpetrated against women and children, according to UNICEF.
Razan Rashidi is a UNICEF Communication Officer who visited the Nawrouz refugee camp on Aug. 12, 2014.
“We walked for more than 20 hours with no food or water,” says Juan, an adolescent girl who arrived at Nawrouz refugee camp in northeast Syria three days ago along with eight family members.